Dogs are very special to us humans. Aside from doing guard duty, farm work, or busy being our companion, they are always there for us. Staying eternally loyal until the end of their short lives. Proper dog training is needed for our buddies to effectively do their intended jobs and follow our commands. Training our beloved pooches needs patience and commitment in order for them to effectively understand our commands and to comply with it.
The best time to start teaching our four-legged companions is when they are still young. Usually, around 4 to 6 months of age and the training regiment needs to continue until the pup reaches 3 years old. One should know that training a dog is not a quick thing to do, and don’t expect your dog to familiarize the command itself and comply with it overnight. Training them does not mean that you need to render your whole day to them every day. A good 30 minute or 1 hour of your time regularly is more than enough to get them to become acquainted with the commands you give to them. There is nothing in this world that can make a dog happier than to be with its owner. Taking advantage of the situation by training them to do with basic commands is an effective way of training them.
Teaching Them The Essentials
Dogs are capable of doing different kinds of commands we give to them. And the perfect training regimen will make even the most stubborn dogs follow our whims. There are a lot of things that you can teach your dog, from the very simple command such as “sit”, to the most complicated commands like doing a handstand to even singing. There are 5 essential commands that any dog should learn. Treat these commands as the most basic ones which will become a cornerstone for other commands that you can give to them.
5 Essential Commands To Learn
- Sit – The most basic of all the commands. This command is used to make a dog behave, especially when the dog becomes excited over something. Like mealtime, or giving them treats. If effectively mastered, it will be a great way to make your dog stay and sit in one place. Making them behave before offering food, or even a starting command before giving out more complex commands like roll over or lie down.
- Stay – Usually goes together with the command “sit”. This command is basically used to make a dog stay in one place and won’t stray around. Complete mastery of this command will make a dog behave and wait for you wherever they are sitting or standing. Especially when you want to leave them for a while when going to the grocery store or to ease them when you are going out of the house.
- Lie down – This command is similar to the command “sit” and “stay”. The difference is that the dog is lying down, which makes them more relaxed compared to “sit”. If the dog is familiar with this command, it will be easier for you to control their unnecessary behavior. Especially the problematic ones like being too overexcited or to ease your pooch down.
- Come – Also one of the most basic commands the dog needs to learn. It command will make the dog come to you, especially if they are far away from you. Owners will have a basic “tool” to use when they want to call the attention of their dog and make it go to them. Also useful when calling for them and giving them food or for snuggles.
- Leave it – A basic command to use if you want your dog to not pick up something or stop him. Like from approaching to the things that they are curious about. This command is essential when telling them not to pick up and eat certain things that may be harmful to them. Also to stop them from doing bad behaviors like chewing on your shoes or your flip-flops.
Taking To Obedience Training
Sometimes, having your dog enrolled in an obedience training session with a qualified trainer is a great way. Especially for people who don’t have the time to be with their dog and train them, for problematic dogs whom their owners have a hard time training, or for dogs to learn more complex commands like the ones seen on dog competitions.
Obedience training can be a long and lengthy process depending on the dog. The methods used by the trainer, and of course the skill of the trainer or handler. A properly trained dog with a capable handler is more responsive to commands. And they can easily carry out the commands given to it.
A well-trained dog is important to discipline its unnecessary behavior. Making them behave and the dedication to train one is no easy task. Training a dog is like education for a normal human child. For one, it takes a long time to completely absorb and master any commands or tricks being given. And the owner, handler or trainer needs patience, hard work, understanding, commitment and motivation to effectively train the pooch.